Israel Update


JERUSALEM-ON-THE-LINE October 14, 2010

"In the multitude of my anxieties within me, your comforts delight my soul.” Ps 94:19

HERO’S WELCOME FOR AHMADINEJAD IN LEBANON: Hezbollah-backed Shiite Muslims in Lebanon gave Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a hero’s welcome Wednesday, signaling increasing Iranian influence over Beirut. The Islamic Republic president, who has threatened repeatedly “to wipe Israel off the map,” is scheduled to arrive near the Israeli border on Thursday to visit battlegrounds of the Second Lebanon War in southern Lebanon. He reportedly wants to go to the border with Israel and throw rocks at IDF soldiers. Israel and the US are deeply worried over the new Syrian-Iranian-Hezbollah-Hamas axis, which also has attracted Turkey, once a friend of Israel. (INN) “May those who seek my life be disgraced and put to shame; may those who plot my ruin be turned back in dismay.” Ps 35:4

ISRAELI MK PLANS SURPRISE FOR AHMADINEJAD: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is planning a Thursday visit to the Lebanese border fence with Israel. While there he has promised to hurl stones into the Jewish state to express his solidarity with those who fight against the “Zionist entity.” Druze-Israeli lawmaker Ayoub Kara is preparing Israel’s response - the release of 2,000 blue and white balloons in the Iranian leader’s face. “The balloons represent the fact that the Jewish people have come home after 2,000 years of exile, and they are not going anywhere.” Kara has long been the most outspoken non-Jewish Israeli politician in support of Israel’s right to exist and the Jews’ right to settle their biblical homeland. Last month, Kara publicly saluted visiting Christians for standing with Israel, noting they, like him, were often more Jewish than many of Israel's Jews. (Israel Today)

PALESTINIANS QUICKLY REJECT ISRAEL SETTLEMENT COMPROMISE: PM Benjamin Netanyahu offered Monday to extend a partial freeze on Jewish building in the West Bank in exchange for Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state. Within minutes of the proposal, Palestinian officials had rejected it. Netanyahu's spokesman said a peace agreement would require Palestinian acceptance of Israel's legitimacy. "If they do it now, this would energize the process and move it ahead much more speedily....This process will not succeed if the expectation is that the Palestinians make the demands, and Israel makes the concessions. It will only work if it is a two-way street where flexibility is exercised on both sides." (J.Post)

ABBAS WANTS UN FORCES IN JERUSALEM: Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas delivered a speech to the Arab League on Saturday in which he attacked Israel for "Judaizing" Jerusalem. Abbas called to involve the world in forcing Israel to split the city. The PA and the Arab League have demanded that all parts of Jerusalem east of the 1949 armistice line - including those that are historically Jewish, and including the Temple Mount, Judaism's holiest site - be turned over to the PA as the capital of a new Arab state in Judea and Samaria. He proposed that Arab leaders turn to the UN to get a condemnation of Israeli activities in Jerusalem, and to force a stop to Jewish growth in the capital. (INN) “Can a corrupt throne be allied with you - one that brings on misery by its decrees?” Ps 94:20

FRANCE MAY RECOGNIZE UNILATERAL PA COUNTRY: France has threatened to recognize a unilateral declaration of statehood by the Palestinian Authority if final status talks with Israel are “delayed.” French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said Sunday that France would consider the option if PA talks with Israel were to suffer from “delays.” Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, meanwhile, rejected pressure by Kouchner and Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Moratinos in a meeting in Jerusalem Sunday night. “Before you teach us how to resolve conflicts here, I expect at the very least that you solve all the problems in Europe,” Lieberman stated. “In 1938 the European community decided to appease Hitler instead of supporting the loyal ally Czechoslovakia and sacrificed it without gaining anything. We have no intention of becoming 2010's Czechoslovakia and will insist on Israel's vital interest," he said. (INN) “The Lord foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever.” Ps 33:10, 11

CABINET APPROVES LOYALTY OATH FOR NON-JEWS: A proposed loyalty oath came one step closer to law Sunday after winning Cabinet approval by a 22-8 vote. The proposed law would require those seeking to become Israeli citizens under the Citizenship Law to sign an oath pledging loyalty to “the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.” The law will not impact foreign citizens who apply for Israeli citizenship under the Law of Return, which grants citizenship to Jews and their descendants. The next step in the legislative process is a discussion at a Cabinet ministerial meeting and then a vote in the Knesset. PM Netanyahu said, "There is no other democracy in the Middle East. There is no other Jewish state in the world. The combination of these two lofty values expresses the foundation of our national life and anyone who would like to join us needs to recognize this."  (Arutz-7)

17,000 MADE ALIYAH IN 2009: Israel’s Immigrant Absorption Minister Sofa Landver reported days ago that more than 17,000 people made aliyah (immigration) and some 11,000 citizens returned to Israel in 2009. (Ynet)

IRAQI CHILD SAVED IN ISRAEL: A three-year-old Iraqi child is lying in his hospital bed in Israel and smiling, after his life was saved thanks to a surgery performed by Israeli doctors. The child, Boland, suffers from an inborn heart defect that requires intense cardiovascular effort for any small effort. Dr. David Mishali, who manages the center for inborn heart defects at the hospital, says that Boland would not be alive today without the surgery. The child's mother, Ranjin, is smiling too. "We love Israel, “she said.  (Ynet)


  Blessings from Jerusalem,

Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff


As international speakers and messengers of the Good News through music, Barry and Batya Segal are at the forefront of what God is doing in the present day nation of Israel. With strong ties in both the nations and Jerusalem, the Segals are weaving the deepest roots of our biblical heritage together with the fresh Spirit-filled worship of today to create their rich harmony of Scripture and song.

The Segals have a vast vision for God's purposes in the nations and to the people of Israel. In fact, their longing to help rebuild Israel both spiritually and physically inspired them to pioneer the non-profit charity organization, Vision for Israel and The Joseph Storehouse. This arm of their ministry focuses on assisting the poor and needy, widows and orphans, and reaching out to the new Jewish immigrants coming into the land of Israel. Vision 's most challenging project to date is "The Joseph StorehouseŽ", humanitarian aid center, located in the hills of Jerusalem. The Joseph Storehouse functions as a channel of blessing to all of Israel, Jewish and Arab, through the gathering and distribution of emergency medical supplies, food, clothing, and other basic life necessities. USA office contact info: Vision for Israel, PO Box 7743, Charlotte NC 28241, 866-351-0075. The Segal's web site is


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